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Man Who Came To Dinner, The (DVD)
A legendary Broadway tour de force comes to the screen with Monty Woolley's central performance in The Man Who Came to Dinner. And it's a turn well worth immortalizing. All goatish beard, snapping teeth, and plummy-voiced put-downs, Woolley fully inhabits the role of Sheridan Whiteside, a celebrated author and radio celebrity who gets waylaid by a cracked hip during a visit to small-town Ohio. Bossing the helpless homeowners and bewildered staff from his wheelchair, he quickly fills his hosts' house with his projects (including four penguins) and famous visitors (Ann Sheridan as a self-centered diva, Jimmy Durante as a comedian based on Harpo Marx). Bette Davis goes for a quieter role than usual as Whiteside's assistant; she falls for a local newspaperman, drippily played by Richard Travis. They all revolve around the seated figure of Woolley, his hands drumming on his armrests, his teeth bared as though ready to devour his inferiors. He's delicious. The script is larded with topical references and Broadway-style repartee, not all of which has aged well, and director William Keighley doesn't have a clear grasp of how to shoot jokes. But the basic situation is so durable, and Whiteside's character (based on famed Algonquin Round Table wit Alexander Woollcott) so unusual and nasty, that the movie remains great fun. --Robert Horton
Such a good movie.. can't wait to watch it yearly.. i watch it around Christmas. It's on my playlist along with White Christmas, Bishops Wife, Holiday Inn.. It's a Wonderful Life. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charlene Brisbin
With Bette Davis, it has to be good. Good acting. A nice story that moves along at a good pace. Nice way to spend a couple of hours.Published on March 17 2013 by Dorothee Harmon
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Monty Woolley led the kind of life that could have been filmed as fascinating biography. Born into New York wealth, he was the silver-spooned son of the owner of Manhattan's... Read morePublished on May 18 2002 by William Hare
I very highly recommned this movie. It is very entertaining and well worth seeing. Bette Davis is very good in it. They definetly don't make movies like this anymore.Published on Jan. 25 2002 by Rosella Ann Myles
I ordered this Great Christmas movie and looked forward to viewing it again... however the quality of the video I received was terrible! Read morePublished on Dec 22 2001
The holidays are times for fun and laughter. Monty Wooley, Ann Sheridan and Jimmy Durante deliver just that in The Man Who Came To Dinner. Read morePublished on Dec 10 2000 by Vincent Mattaliano Jr.
A wonderful little movie in which Monty Woolley gives his classic interpretation of Sheridan Whiteside, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER and stayed and stayed..... Read morePublished on May 22 2000